Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Friday hinted at mid-term Lok Sabha elections and asked his son and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav to fulfil all promises made in the party’s assembly poll manifesto within a year.
“There is no guarantee when the Lok Sabha elections may take place,” Mulayam said at a party function on the birth anniversary of Ram Manohar Lohia.
Dissuading SP workers from reciting poems that wished prime ministership for him, Mulayam said: “Songs don’t make PMs, vision does.”
After getting 224 seats in Uttar Pradesh, Mulayam raised the bar for the Lok Sabha polls, asking his party to target all 80 Lok Sabha seats in the state.
The Congress brushed aside Mulayam’s statement on early polls. “There is obviously no guarantee that the sky may not fall on our heads or that (BJP leader) BS Yeddyurappa will stop demanding the (Karnataka) CM’s chair. But the possibility of mid-term polls is as remote as that,” said party spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi.
The Trinamool Congress, a key and troublesome ally of the UPA, refused to comment on Mulayam’s remark. Mulayam asked Akhilesh to show “at least one miraculous act of governance in the next six months” and cautioned that the best of policies fail if the intent isn’t clean.
“We have to see that power doesn’t turn the state government arrogant the way it did the last regime,” he said.